Delay appears likely on Ridge Road extension permit

Pasco County officials were hoping for a decision on a permit, and a construction start for the proposed Ridge Road extension by winter 2018. Instead, a revised schedule provided to the United States Army Corps of Engineers projects the anticipated permit decision in late February 2019. Despite the revised time frame, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles remains hopeful of a quicker … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes has its own Rotary Club, again

After being a satellite of the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon club, the Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes has regained its independent status. The Land O’ Lakes organization had existed for years, then merged with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, and then became a satellite club. It took some time to reach the required membership level, but the Land O’ Lakes Club is a standalone club … [Read more...]

Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

Caddy, an adventurous cat, is a teacher in disguise

Anne Higgins, an author who lives in Land O’ Lakes, spent the bulk of her career helping children to develop their speech and language skills. Sometimes, the speech pathologist worked directly with children. Other times, she worked indirectly. In the Plano Independent School District, in Texas, she supervised 35 speech pathologists. During that time, she published an articulation kit for … [Read more...]

Festival raises money for animal care

Dogs and their human friends celebrated the fourth annual “Woofstock” festival at the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park on May 19. It was the first time for the park to host the event, which raises funds to aid sick dogs and cats at Pasco County Animal Services. Animal services brought dogs that were available for adoption. Vendors set up displays of doggy wares, including designer collars, … [Read more...]

Making a difference through Special Olympics

For these teachers, Special Olympics is a longtime passion. With nearly 15 years combined as volunteer coaches, Connerton Elementary’s Jean Howey and Jenna Moore have experienced the positives of the world’s largest sports organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, and strives to “transform lives through the joy of sport, training and competition.” Together, the teachers … [Read more...]

Cost rules out U.S. 41 underpass

Even dropping the cost from more than half a billion to $250 million, an underpass at U.S. 41 and State Road 54 would be too pricey. Members of the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization have opted not to add the underpass - also called a tunnel - to a list of recommended road designs to ease traffic congestion at U.S. 41 and State Road 54. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore said … [Read more...]

Plans call for aquatics center in Land O’ Lakes

Conceptual drawings have been done for the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes that could become a magnet for swimming tournaments, and would provide a wide range of services for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It would cost about $8 million for the facility, without a complete roof system, said Scott Sutek, executive director for the envisioned aquatic center. Backers … [Read more...]

Take a free garden tour, learn about sustainability

People who enjoy learning more about gardening and getting a better understanding about sustainable practices may want to check out the Rosebud Continuum open house. The free event is set for May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 22843 Hale Road in Land O’ Lakes. Jerry Comelias, site and educational director for the 14-acre Rosebud Continuum, said the open house is the first full-fledged … [Read more...]

Sunlake High student named Foot Locker scholar-athlete

Sunlake High School’s Andrea Wallace is more than just a star basketball player who can score and rebound at will, and dazzle in the post, with her 6-foot-1 frame. She’s also a standout in the classroom, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average all through high school. Besides athletics and academics, Wallace, too, strives to make an impact in the community. It’s why she founded a school club … [Read more...]